Aviva Investors Strengthens Global Investment & Risk Teams

 CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Aviva Investors announced today the recent  hiring of four senior investment and risk professionals in its Chicago and  Toronto offices. These hires represent a continuation of the firm's focus on  building a global platform designed to help clients meet their objectives,  manage risk and manage volatility.  Andra Purkalitis, Chief Executive Officer  of Aviva Investors' business in the Americas, said, "We are delighted to be  able to attract top talent to our firm in a region that is important to our  global growth plans.  All four people bring extensive experience to Aviva  Investors and share a common belief in the importance of helping clients  achieve their goals."  The four individuals are:  Kevin Mathews, High Yield Portfolio Manager (Chicago)  Kevin joins with a wealth of global experience in the high yield bond  marketplace, most recently at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in New  York as the Head of U.S. High Yield, and previously at F & C Investments in  London as Head of Global High Yield.  Kevin's 32 years as an investment  professional include high yield portfolio manager roles at Gulf International  Bank in London, ING Investments in Arizona, and Van Kampen Investments in  Chicago.  Todd Youngberg, Aviva Investors' Global Head of Credit, said, "The addition of  Kevin to our high yield team showcases the importance of this strategy in  creating investment solutions for our clients.  Kevin joins his portfolio  manager colleagues in Chicago, London and Singapore in delivering a true  world-view to our defined process."  Kevin has a Bachelor's degree in Finance from University of Illinois-Urbana  and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drake University.  Robert Prospero, CFA, Credit Analyst (Toronto)  Robert joins Aviva Investors from Manulife Asset Management where he held  various roles, most recently as a Senior Investment Analyst and starting as an  investment analyst in the Investment Division Rotational Program.  Sunil Shah, Portfolio Manager and Head of Canadian Fixed Income, said, "We are  pleased to welcome Robert to Aviva Investors' Toronto team. While based in  Toronto, Robert joins a globally integrated credit research team and helps us  expand the breadth and knowledge of our Canadian coverage."  Robert has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of  Toronto.  Lei Wang, Senior Securities Analyst (Chicago)  Before joining Aviva Investors, Lei was a senior credit analyst at Morgan  Stanley Investment Management.  She brings more than 14 years of credit  research experience to the firm with prior senior research positions at  Paulson & Co., Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Asset Management.  Ashish Dafria, CFA, Aviva Investors' Global Head of Credit Research, said,  "Fundamental credit research is a cornerstone of Aviva Investors' investment  process around the world.  By developing a globally integrated research team,  we are able to provide key local insights as we build portfolios for our  clients.  Lei's experience and expertise strengthens that ability and I'm  delighted to have her on our team."  Lei earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Queens  University of Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration degree from  Columbia University.  Allen Xiao, CFA, CPA, Director of Business Risk (Chicago)  Allen joins Aviva Investors' team in Chicago from Ashland Partners and  Company, LLP, where he was a senior compliance analyst and manager with  various roles in accounting, auditing, compliance and risk.  Lyda Iturralde, Aviva Investors' Chief Compliance Officer in the Americas,  said, "We are thrilled to have Allen join the Aviva Investors team where his  experience will help us to continue strengthening our risk management  processes."  Allen earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northwestern  Polytechnic University and a Master of Business Administration degree from  Willamette University.  Notes to Editors  The information and opinions contained in this document are for use by the  financial press and media only. 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